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Abidis – Locion Equilibriante sin Alcohol (Balancing Lotion with no Alcohol)

wp-1486092221476.jpgOkay this is a product that I must talk about. Its Abidis Locion Equilibriante (Abidis Balancing Lotion). It has no Alcohol and aims to hydrate the skin while you tone it.

About the Product

I was told by my beautician at Face Essensuals that Abidis is a Spanish brand and they usually produce their products in small quantities. This particular product is a Balancing Lotion that is suitable for combination skin or oily skin. It has a minty flora scent and the skin feels hydrated when the lotion is applied (but not hydrated enough to be used on its own). When the watery Lotion drys out, you will feel a very thin coat on your skin that seems to seal in the moisture. You can use any moisturizer on top of this Lotion. The Lotion is bluish green in colour (I have used up the bottle in the picture) and is very watery, often leaving a mild cooling sensation after you apply for a few seconds.

Using the Product

Currently, I am using this Lotion together with my Physiogel Calming Relief Face Cream. The Lotion is not drying and beats the other Toners  or Lotions from the japanese or korean off the rack products. It did improve my skin hydration in the day and helped me stave away from acne due to dry or dehydrated skin. At night, I use another Abidis product on top of the above (less is more) to boost healing and recovery of my skin. I hope to share it with you soon.

Where to Purchase the Item

I bought this from my beautician, Face Essensuals, located at Midpoint Orchard along Orchard Road. You will not find this product on the shelves and will have to purchase through salons or main distributor for this product. The photo of the product in the picture is the old packaging and retails at S$56 a bottle. Please call Serina at Face Essensuals to order your bottle as stock is usually limited to ensure freshness.

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Herbivore – Lapis Oil Facial Balancing Oil

collage_20160320095726448_20160320095851622.jpgHi all! Been a while since I’ve last posted a review.  I’ve been following your posts all these time so given the little pocket of time I can find in the middle of sorting out my home renovation, am doing a post of a product that I’ve used this year.

This is a product that I have purchased from Sephora USA using Ezbuy (formerly known as  65daigou). The product is priced at around USD72 for 1.2oz.

About the Brand

From Herbivore website: “We bring you truly natural, cruelty free skincare that provides results you can see and feel. We also believe skincare should smell and feel amazing and add enjoyment to your daily routine.” Products are handcrafted and produced in small quantities. In a way, you can consider this as boutique brand that is only available for sale online.  Currently this brand cannot be found in Singapore.

About the Product

The product aims to reduce redness and to bring balance to the skin moisture. Ingredients include blue tansy which is also the key component for the highly raved Blue Cocoon by May Lindstrom. Other oil ingredients in this product includes Kukui Nut Oil (high in Linoleic Acid, good for acne prone skin) and Jojoba Oil (fairly balanced ratio between Oleic and Linoleic Acids). Coconut Oil can also be found in this product though if you have acne prone skin, this may or may not be of concern because it depends on the ratio that Coconut Oil is used in this product. The texture of the oil is thin and runny, and it has a blue tinge due to Blue Tansy.

Using this Product

I had used this product for 2 months. It was light and absorbed well. I had used this right after toning my skin.  Each time, I will use between 4 drops (for day) to 5 drops (for night). However, I did notice that the oil does not stay on well in humid Singapore because of, hence my skin will still feel dry after 4 hours in air-conditioned environment. As such, I will recommend to only pat on this oil after your usual moisturizer if you are going to be in the air-conditioned room for a full day. Personally I will recommend used of powder sunblock instead of emulsion based sunblock after patting on this oil as powder sunblock should stay on better.  I have not tried this product in dry temperate countries, but the reviews for this oil has been rather good.  In terms of bringing down redness, I would say that SKII Facial Treatment Essence delivers a much quicker effect (its like in 3 secs I see the redness disappear after patting on the lotion). This oil may not bring about as visible effect or as quickly. Hydration wise, I like this oil for night application and it does make my skin appear smoother the next day (not that the acne disappear but just that the rough skin seems to smoothen out).

Buying this Product

I will consider buying this product again for the hydration – though fact is a bottle will last a long time since only a few drops are used at a time. After 2 months, my bottle still seems like I’ve only a reasonably small fraction of the bottle.  You can purchase this product directly from Herbivore Beauty website or from Sephora USA website. For those of you who want to try out the  product before buying full size, you can order the rollerball version to test the product.

Have you used any Herbivore products before?

RMS Beauty – Raw Coconut Oil

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Source: RMS Beauty Official Website

I have never been a fan of coconut oil because of its strong scent. I love love love curry that contains coconut milk, but I would walk away from food containing coconut or that gives off a strong coconut scent. Ok, I’m wierd.

 

Well, interestingly, I started using Raw Coconut Oil for my night time regime just about a week ago. I was researching into use of natural oil products (I have bottles of Now Solutions oils from apricot seed oil, grapeseed oil, jojoba oil, etc all sitting in my drawer – in mint state); wanting to find out more about oils for different skin conditions and how I can use them when my skin condition changes – and I came upon RMS Beauty.  I found RMS Beauty through online skincare stores.

You’ll ask me “hang on a minute – didn’t you have combination skin?” Yes, I do! But before you decide to trash this article, you’ll be as amazed as what the coconut oil did to my skin – without further outbreaks.

Anyway, back to RMS Beauty. Yes, the Raw Coconut Oil. On the RMS Beauty website, it said that “The ultimate organic beauty product! This can honestly be called the best makeup remover ever. Removes even the most stubborn mascara with ease. This multitasking product can also be used as a facial cleanser and skin moisturizer.” On the website, it went to explain thatCoconut oil is considered the healthiest oil on earth for its high levels of lauric acid, which is rarely found in nature. Lauric acid is what gives coconut oil its antibacterial, antifungal and antimicrobial properties, making this all-in-one product suitable for even the most blemish prone skin. This natural antioxidant is 100% pure, raw and unrefined thereby naturally protecting one’s skin against free radical damage and premature aging. Ideal for all skin types including sensitive and acne-prone skin. Nourishes skin, hair and lashes. Helps soothe sunburns.”  The RMS Beauty’s Raw Coconut Oil is “harvested fresh for [RMS Beauty] using a new and modern processing technique making it superior over store bought coconut oil. Ours is superior over “other cold pressed coconut oil on the market.

How to Use the Product

RMS Beauty recommends using your clean fingers to distribute their products on your skin.

The Raw Coconut Oil will turn very watery in the normal room temperature in Singapore. As it comes in a pot, you can either put the pot into your fridge so that it turns solid and you scoop it out with a metal spatula. OR you can continue to leave the pot on your dressing table but re-bottle the watery oil into a glass dropper bottle for easier dispensing and hygiene. I haven’t found the time to re-bottle the product, so I have been using straight from the pot by lightly dipping the tips of my two fingers in the product (like how a dragonfly would to touch the water) and quickly spread the runny product onto my face. Remember, 2 drops is all you need unless you want to use it as a mask or makeup remover. (Yes, Raw Coconut Oil is multipurpose!) It is perfectly fine to leave your Raw Coconut Oil in room temperature. Just don’t put it under the sun. Simple. 🙂

I started using the Raw Coconut Oil on the day after I had my facial to clear the horrible pus and acne on my face. It had been a very very stressful period at work and my face was breaking out – my chin, my forehead and it was progressing to my cheeks. What pain! My aesthetician did a good job to drain them and to try to calm the redness on the first day. But the redness was still there on day two – and you would know that this can go on for a few more days.

After washing my face with my facial foam and Clarisonic, I pat dry my skin and applied 2 drops of this oil all over my face. I didn’t apply any toner at all. However, I do have to make sure the oil is absorbed into my skin and no residue is left behind.  The product gives off a faint coconut oil scent and the scent was gone after 2 hours or so. I went to bed as is. When I woke up the next morning, my face didn’t feel as oily and the redness seems to have calmed down. I continued using the product for the rest of the week and I did not break out nor did I experience any discomfort. The oil was more hydrating than when I use creams or lotions (I had been using the California baby lotion for a few months now as my moisturizer).  The scabbing from clearing the acne also came off easily and I did not have any scarring.

Do remember though, that you should not use coconut oil in the morning if you are wearing make up. It does not hold the make up in place due to its naturally moisturizing compounds.

Where to Buy the Product

The product can be found on the official website for RMS Beauty and drugstore.com / beauty.com. You can  – and for those of you who are in Singapore – you can go through 65daigou.com to order your items coz drugstore.com / beauty.com do not ship internationally. You can also use MyUS service to bring your goods from MyUS address to Singapore (as stated on the beauty.com website).After searching around for any RMS Beauty product presence in Singapore; I discovered that it can be found at The Naturally Better Company at Millenia Walk. They carry the entire range, including the Un-cover Up foundation that is all natural and give a dewy glow to the skin. I bought Un-cover Up from the same store as well but as I have a few tubes of Bareminerals Complexion Rescue, I think I’ll keep the small pot in my drawer for now.

Other Thoughts

You might wonder – Can I use Coconut oils from other brands or even food grade coconut oils? Sure! However, do take note that there is a difference between pure unrefined coconut oil, pure refined coconut oil and fractionated coconut oil. Fractionated coconut oil is mostly in liquid form and has a much longer shelf life because the compounds that would make the coconut oil rancid after a certain period of time was removed in the process (in simple terms). You can read more about Fractionated coconut oil on OrganicFacts.net). You can also read more about different types of coconut oils at Livestrong.com.

 

Origins – Clean Energy Gentle Cleansing Oil

Origins Clean Energy Gentle Cleansing.jpg I bought the first Origins product when I was leaving Singapore for Bali couple of weeks ago. I bought it because I wanted to find an easy to use product (without cotton pads) that will help remove sunscreen on my face. I was hoping to grab something more natural and it is when I came upon Origins Clean Energy Gentle Cleansing Oil.
About the Product

From Origins website, “This lightweight, high-tech, hybrid formula with non-comedogenic, Olive, Sunflower, Sesame and Safflower Oils removes dirt, makeup and pollutants with high efficiency. Kukui Nut and Macadamia help protect precious natural moisture resources. Vitamin E helps reduce effects of environmental hazards such as irritation that can threaten the comfort of skin. Skin breathes freely. And the energizing aroma of Grapefruit, Orange and Lemon renew your spirits.” Most importantly, it is best for all skin types!  Reviews on internet has given this product a thumbs up because of its ability to help improve their skin condition after long term use, as well as unclog their blackheads etc. Some claim that they ditched their original cleansing regime for this affordable cleansing oil!  The only down side is that the product may be a little messy when it comes to dispensing. I read that this product does come with a larger size (not in Singapore) and has a pump. That would definitely improves user experience! 😀

Ingredients (From the Bottle) : Olive Fruit Oil, Safflower Seed Oil, Sesame Seed Oil, Sunflower Seed Oil, Grape Seed Oil, peg-25 glyceryl trioleate, Macademia integrifolia Seed, Kukui Seed Oil, Orange Peel Oil, Lavandula Hybrida Oil, Lemon Peel Oil, Bergamot Fruit Oil, Grapefruit Peel Oil, cedrus atlantica bark oil, Patchouli Oil, Clary Sage Oil, Rosemary Leaf Oil, Geranium Flower Oil, Australian Sandalwood Oil, Sandalwood Bark Oil, Linalool, Limonean, Sorbital Trioleate, Tocopheyl Acetate

Using the Product

During my 1 week stay in Bali, I had applied sunscreen every morning, and removed it using this cleansing oil at night. I will massage the oil onto my skin for about 1-2 minutes with dry fingers and hands, making sure I massage more in areas where I have larger pores to help unclog it. Then I will wet my hands and gently massage my skin again so that I help to emulsify the oil. This is followed by a rinse of my face.  I find the scent rather soothing and refreshing (scents are quite personal so do try it at the Origins counter before you buy it), and it did clear up my skin  quite well. At least, it stopped further outbreaks on my chin (okay, maybe the restful sleep at the resort did help too) and honestly, my pores do feel cleaner after using it. My skin feels hydrated after rinsing and not taut. No oily feel! It is a bottle that I believe I will restock once my Senka Cleansing Oil is used up. 🙂

Where to Buy the Product

I bought mine at Duty Free Shop at the Singapore Changi Airport and it retails for about SGD35. You can purchase this item from the Origins counter in your home country of course.  Origins USA website retails it for USD29, but I found it slightly cheaper on Beauty.Com selling for USD26.

Have you tried this Cleansing Oil before? What do you think of it?

Sephora – Soothing Cleansing Milk for Face and Eyes

wpid-collage_20150706125024152_20150706125117184.jpgBought Sephora Soothing Cleansing Milk after using it to clean the testers on my hand in Sephora SG. I must say this is a good product though personally I still prefer to use the Triple Cleansing Water from Sephora.

About the Product and Using the Product

This is a creamy cleansing milk and it does remove makeup on the eye and face very well. It does leave the skin feeling soft without oily feeling. The ingredient list is in the image provided in this post. I would pump out 2-3 pumps of the product onto my hand and spread it onto my face. Thereafter I will massage my skin to help loosen the makeup before I wipe my face with a wash cloth or tissue, followed by rinsing to remove the remnants of the cleansing milk. For precautionary reasons, I further cleanse my skin with my usual facial foam and Clarisonic.

In comparison with Micellar Water that I’ve used, I would have preferred Micellar water over cleansing milk because of the texture. Micellar water is a lot lighter and more refreshing. It is true that this product does remove make up very well, including waterproof makeup. However, personal preference is to choose water based cleanser over milk based for sensitive skin.

If you ask me if I’ll restock this item – I may but unlikely if I can have Micellar water. 🙂 But I must say that for those who prefer cleansing milk, this is a good product to have!

What about you? Do you like cleansing milk? If so, what cleansing milk do you like?

Skincare Tip – Daily Skincare Essentials (Part III)

Hi all, I’m back after a long hiatus. Been really busy at work so here I am sharing with you the 3rd instalment of my daily skincare essentials. This time, its on Moisturizing.

Whether you are living in tropical country like Singapore, or in a temperate country with four seasons, Moisturizing remains an important part of our basic 3-step skincare regime. Each day, our skin, being the largest organ, is exposed to many different contaminants and impurities. Our health constitution from lifestyle and daily stresses adds on to the our skincare condition. So how do we choose our moisturizer?

From my personal experience, selection of moisturizer depends on:

1) Your skin condition – is it normal, combination, oily or dry. Normal skin usually would not have problems with over or under production of natural facial oils in tropical and humid country like in Singapore. However, light moisturizer that helps to retain good skin health remains essential. Oily skin is sometimes what I experience when my hormones are running amok or when I am under severe stress. It felt like an oil field that has no tap on it. 😀 Dry skin folks will know that good moisturizers go a long way. Takes away the dry and painful flakes, and prevents further infections on the skin.

2) The environment that you live and work in – the environment introduces external stresses to our skin, so its important that we use products that work on our skin yet at the same time protects our skin from external stresses. Warm weather increase perspiration, opens our pores but also creates adhesive for dirt and grime to stick on our face and clog our pores. Cold weather dries up the surface of our skin, and forcing more oil to the surface to maintain skin health.

So what do I use to protect my facial skin?

I have combination normal-oily skin, and my skin’s inner layers tend to be oily while the surface is dry. Hence I tend to choose moisturizers that are hydrating yet seals in moisture. The Label Young’s Shocking Mist is a decent product that I’ve been using in the day where I need to put on make up before going to work. The texture of the product seals in moisture for about 4 hours yet at the same time allow the skin to breathe and the perspiration to surface. It holds my bareMinerals Ready Foundation rather well (pseudo primer) and does not clog my pores. Another product that I use is the Albion’s Exage Moist Crystal Milk II and Herbal Oil Gold together with the Albion’s Skin Conditioner to hydrate my skin, depending on my skin condition that day.

As I work in air-conditioned office, my skin will be dry by the time I reach afternoon. This will call for additional step after I cleanse my face at night. Typically I will either apply sheet mask once a week (I use My Beauty Diary series) for more intense hydration, or to apply Neal’s Yard Remedies’ Rehydrating Rose Facial Oil and seal with NYR’s Comfrey and Yarrow Moisturizer at night.

I have subscribed to a website that gave tips on how to treat acne skin recently to learn more from those who had experienced horrible acne outbreaks. Those of you with acne problem may also want to check this site out: The Love Vitamin. Here, she’s recommended to use jojoba oil as moisturizer because it has similar texture as our facial oil, and would help to “tell” our skin not to produce anymore oil. Of course, she has many other tips to share so do check it out and learn from her amazing journey!

Let me know what has been working for you!

Skincare Tip – Caring for Dry Patches

Hi all, recently I had a little problem with dry patches. As you know, it was a difficult period for my family when my mom was hospitalised. I’m so glad she is discharged and could be treated at home. Now I can find some time to take care of my skin, which strangely, has gone quite dry of late despite the unusually rainy season in sunny Singapore. The dry patches are on the lower sections of my cheeks and I was quite terrified because I thought dry patches should be almost unheard of in a country where humidity is very high. So what did I do?

Cleansing

No excuses for not cleaning your face after a long day at work or outside. Grime will accumulate and we should learn to clean them off our skin with appropriate cleansers. During the period where I had dry patches (no itch), I continued to clean my skin with my foam cleansers and clarisonic. Please don’t be alarmed, I was very gentle with my clarisonic because the other sections of my face is still normal to oily. The dry patches are only cleansed with my foam cleansers. If you are experiencing itch as well, please switch to milder cleansers and stay away from clarisonic for that day and use Foreo instead. I will recommend the use of Bioderma Sensibio to clean your face or mild cleansing lotion that can be wiped away with soft cotton.

Toning

Some of the Japanese products such as Albion and Shiseido adopts different skincare philosophy and would recommend to reverse the wash-tone-moisturize process. If you are following the usual wash-tone-moisturize procedure for skin care, please use non-alcoholic toners to sooth the already sensitive dry patch.

Moisturize

Regardless of whether you are following the 3 step process or you are adopting Albion or Shiseido skincare steps, I suggest you whip out a hydrating mask like the My Beauty Diary Aloe Vera Mask and put on your face for 15 mins. Massage in the lotion from the mask and use a tissue to dab away excess before applying the following:

– For 3 Step > Apply Facial Oil (e.g. Neal’s Yard Remedies Rehydrating Rose) and/or Facial Cream that works for your skin

– For those using Albion > Apply Albion Herbal Oil Gold before applying Exage Moist Crystal Milk II and Skin Conditioner respectively

Your skin should feel a lot more hydrated the next day. I use facial oils for the next two days and it helped to keep my dry patches hydrated. In fact, I noticed that some of the dry skin flaked off when I gently massage the facial oil onto my skin. I also choose to use foundations that will increase my skin hydration (e.g. bareMinerals Ready Foundation).My skin is now smoother and more hydrated. Of course, drinking lots of water will complement your efforts to keep your skin hydrated.

Hope the above tip will help address your dry patches esp if you live in humid country like me! 🙂

Label Young – Shocking Serum Ampoule

Labelyoung Shocking Serum Ampoule.jpgThis is part of my Janaury 2015 Haul from Koreadepart. My Sonyu Cream is half pot by now and I thought I should start the next bottle from my latest Label Young Haul.

About the Product

From Koreadepart and Qoo10, the main ingredients are the black seed complex (black bean, black rice, black sesame) and includes base that was formed through crock fermentation process (bean fermentation extract, rice fermentation filtrate extract, green grain fermentation filtrate extract). Black beans include a lot of good ingredients, including cellulose and vitamin E to prevent spots; and anthocyanin to increase skin’s resistence and provide elasticity and vitality. Black Rice contains Anthocyanin and provides good nutrition to the skin.  Black Sesame is known as Longevity Food in China. It contains Vitamin B, Vegetable Fat to reduce dryness. Other ingredients in this product includes Argan Kernel Oil, Olive oil and Jojoba Seed Oil; as well as Galactomyces and BP.  Collectively, this all-in-one Essence + Serum + Ampoule product is supposed to deliver whitening, brightening, anti-wrinkle, tighten pores, elasticity and hydration to the skin. From the website, it does not contain Talc, Ethanol, Benzyl Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol, Imidazolidinylurea, Carbomer artificial pigment, Triethanolamine, Methylisothiazolinone, Petrolatum, Triclosan and Mineral Oil. The colour of the product is natural.

Using the Product

The website recommends that after normal skincare, apply proper amount on the skin (including under the eye) and then gently use the fingers to lift the skin upwards. Tap lightly thereafter to help with absorption.  I have used the product right after toning. I did not apply additional moisturizer before this product coz I felt that the product is sufficient for me in humid Singapore. My skin will still produce oil in the next 2-3 hours as per normal. I am still unsure if I will buy this item again coz I do not see visible improvement after using it for 1 week. But one thing for sure it didn’t break me out.

Where to Buy the Product

From the usual places – Koreadepart and Labelyoung.com. Some vendors on Qoo10 SG carries it as well.

L’Occitane – Amande Huile Souplesse (aka Almond Supple Skin Oil)

wpid-collage_20150320212827846_20150320212934388.jpgWe all have our dry skin days (for those of us with normal skin). This is especially so when we are working in extremely drying air-conditioning environment that makes our hands and legs feel so dry and itchy.  I have a bottle of Nuxe Huile de Prodigieuse in my office, all ready to be slathered on my skin whenever I feel dry.  A proponent of using oils for my skin, I read about this L’Occitane product online and decided to buy it when I was passing through the shop two weekends ago.

About the Product

The Amande Huile Souplesse is made of the following key ingredients: Huile d’amande, Huile de caméline, Huile de Rosier Muscat (ie Almond Oil, Camelina Oil, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil). From the L’Occitane website in Singapore, it said that “Formulated with more than 50% almond oil, this light, fine body oil effectively helps skin feel firmer and smoother. Skin feels nourished and more supple thanks to the ideal combination of almond oil and camelina oil, rich in omegas 3 and 6. This balance provides suppleness and comfort to the skin. A silicium derivative leaves skin looking firmer and tighter. Applied with a spray, this oil melts into the skin, enveloping it with a subtle and mouthwatering scent of fresh almonds while leaving a delicious satiny-smooth finish.

After one month of use, skin feels more comfortable, supple, and firmer.

The almond nut, which grows protected in a beautifully soft and green velvet shell, is renowned for its ability to soften and smooth the skin. L’OCCITANE is committed to purchasing almonds from producers in the South of France so that the almond tree, which had long been forgotten in the region, once again becomes a familiar element in the Provençal landscape.”  There are also tips on how to use the oil. The consumer test results on 31 women are: Immediately>

• Skin looks more beautiful (87%)

• Skin feels more supple (84%)

After 28 days:

• Skin seems smoother (87%)

• Skin looks firmer (65%)

Effectiveness test(s)

48 hours hydration demonstrated (Measurement of hydration rate on 31 women with corneometer)

I did find the product very nourishing. The scent is warm and welcoming (I just want to sleep in it!). The scent does not last super long – I guess thats how it is when the oil is natural; but the oil leaves a layer of “film” on your skin – which I thought it was still there after 1 round of shower in the following 24hours. I have only used it once (hubby finds the scent from initial application too strong) and will continue to use it coz I like the moisturizing effects. Will need to use it for 1 full month (sorry hubby!) before I can tell if it really delivers the effects described above.

Using the ProductAlmond Supple Skin Oil.jpg

This comes with a spray nozzle so its easy to dispense. Squirt some and apply on your arms, legs and body for hydration / moisturizing. Apply in circular motion (I like to also put pressure on my acupuncture points on my legs for improved circulation). However, I was told not to apply on the face as it will be too rich. Rub gently till the oil is fully absorbed.

Where to Buy the Product

I bought it from L’Occitane boutique in Singapore. It has other Almond based products but I thought I should just stick with this first. Its a little pricy (about S$75 a 100ml bottle) but you will soon realise that a bottle like this last a long time. Once open, the bottle must be used up in 12 months from date of opening.

Have you tried any other almond oils yet? Tell me all! 🙂

Brigitte – Blooming Rouge Lipstick

wpid-20150207_120426.jpgI’ve been scouring the internet for some background on Brigitte Blooming Rouge lipstick which I’ve bought it from Watsons in Singapore some time back. I was re-organizing one of my make up pouches (oops, yes I have more than 1 because I can’t decide which of the pretty colours I should bring along with me all the time! :p) and decided that perhaps I should do a review on this lipstick.

About this Product

I am not able to give more background on this product, aside from the fact that this is a Japanese cosmetic brand, which is very popular with young ladies in their 20s. The underlying concept of this brand is to mimic the ethereal look of candy sweet girls who are almost doll like (sounds very kawai!). Anyway, Brigitte is a eye makeup cosmetic brand under Sho-bi Corporation in Japan (founded in 1948), a company listed on Tokyo Stock Exchange.  The company has had several other cosmetic brands under them, including Lumikki and Playgirl. Brigitte’s focus is on eye lashes, lash wands and shadows for young girls. It is intended to be a drugstore / pharmacy brands so that it is able to reach out to its target customers. Recently, Sho-bi has also gone into the development of coloured contact lenses that would enhance the eyes. Picture this, lovely long lashes with soft eye makeup, enhanced with decorative contact lens! Anyway, I’m not going to delve too much into the main product line under Brigitte, but will talk about the Blomming Rouge Lipstick. The Blooming Rouge Lipstick is intended to be longer lasting and hydrating. There are very few lipstick shades under Brigitte and I must admit they all look lovely on asian skin! The Blooming Rouge also includes lip gloss (which I have not tried) but that too comes with limited shades.

From the Sho-bi Online Store, the ingredients of this lipstick are:  jojoba oil olive squalane (moisturizing) Color: PK-1 / PK-2 / CR-1 / RD-1 / OR-1 / BE-1component: triisostearate polyglyceryl-2, diisostearyl malic acid , macadamia nut oil, triethylhexanoin, ceresin, polyethylene, dimethylsilyl silica, candelilla wax, microcrystalline wax, tocopherol, squalene, jojoba seed oil, titanium oxide, mica, Yellow 4, Red 202, Red 201, Blue 1.

Using the Product

The Brigitte Blooming Rouge Lipstick does glide on nicely, with little to no feeling of stickiness. It did last longer than regular lipstick but I didn’t find it more hydrating than the other lipsticks that I’ve used before. I guess its usually a trade off: Longer lasting lipsticks won’t be able to deliver the level of hydration comparable to lip balms. As you can see from the ingredients of the lipstick, it contains silica so those of you who are allergic to silica or have silica on your “No” list, you may wish to avoid this product. Otherwise, I would think that this is a reasonably fine product to use if you love the shade.

Where to Buy the Product

If you live in Singapore, Watsons is where you can find this product (but do note, its not available in all Watsons. I’ll recommend the outlets in the popular shopping centres.  For those who can read Japanese, you can try checking out the Sho-bi Online Store coz its all in Japanese. I haven’t tried going onto this site to order any Brigitte products so am not able to tell you if they ship overseas.

Have you used any of Brigitte’s products before? Tell me about your experience! 🙂